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Beautifully Illustrated Cut-Out Dresses gain life with Creative Backgrounds

Beautifully Illustrated Cut-Out Dresses gain life with Creative Backgrounds

I'm still impressed by how some artists take their art to a next level with simple ideas. Shamekh Bluwi is a very talented architect, visual artist and fashion illustrator that has tons of exquisite fashion illustration on his Instagram and Facebook Page. He certainly took his cut-out fashion illustrations to a next level adding urban backgrounds to it. From beautiful buildings to trees, sky, streets and much more, Shamekh brings his dresses to life using day to day backgrounds. Check it out! More about Shamekh Bluwi: Instagram Facebook Twitter

Honoring Oscar de la Renta

Honoring Oscar de la Renta

This post is in honor of the late, great fashion designer Oscar de la Renta who passed on today. The Dominican Republic born de la Renta left an indelible mark on the world of fashion and beyond and his influence will carry over for decades and centuries to come. Having left his homeland for Spain to study painting at 18, de la Renta went on to hone his skills in fashion design later resulting in an incredibly successful enterprise carrying his namesake. His beautifully designed clothing has been worn by a vast array of distinguished women and celebrities alike. In this post, we've curated a selection of some of our favorite sketches in hopes to inspire the next generation of burgeoning fashion designers. It all begins with simple pen to paper. Vaya con Dios, Oscar!

Multimedia artist Doug Aitken's newest adventure: Station to Station

Multimedia artist Doug Aitken's newest adventure: Station to Station

Levi's and famed multimedia artist Doug Aitken announced a new project,Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening that will connect artists, musicians and creative pioneers with diverse communities, pushing art and culture outside of institutional constraints. A public art project made possible by the Levi's® brand, Station to Station will raise funds through ticket sales and donations to support non-traditional programming at seven partner museums around the US. Over the course of three weeks this September, a train will travel from Atlantic to Pacific making ten stops along the way. At each stop, Station to Station will curate leading figures from the art, music, culinary, literary, and film worlds for a series of cultural interventions and site-specific happenings. The Aitken designed train turned kinetic sculpture will act as a cultural studio— globally broadcasting unique content and experiences from the stops as well as on the moving train. Long after departing the last station, Station to Station will leave an indelible creative mark on its local and global audience—opening eyes and shifting perceptions. Artists scheduled to collaborate to bring Station to Station to life include Kenneth Anger, Olaf Breuning, Peter Coffin, Urs Fischer, Meschac Gaba, Liz Glynn, Carsten Holler, Christian Jankowski, Aaron Koblin, Ernesto Neto, Jack Pierson,Stephen Shore, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Lawrence Weiner; musicians Ariel Pink, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Connan Mockasin,Dan Deacon, David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors, Eleanor Friedberger, Nite Jewel, No Age, Savages, and Twin Shadow;writers Dave Hickey, Barney Hoskyns, and Rick Moody; and chefs Alice Waters and Leif Hedendal, and the Edible Schoolyard Project. More participants will be announced throughout the summer. With funding for cultural programs and the arts increasingly compromised, Station to Station will establish a revolutionary endowment model to address this need. Station to Station will distribute funds from ticket sales and donations among its partner institutions to support programs and exhibitions in 2014 that embrace Station to Station's pursuit of new artistic models and creative collisions. Station to Station is being made possible by the support and collaboration of the Levi's® brand. For more than 140 years, the Levi's® brand has been equipping pioneers with the clothing they need to "Go Forth" and change the world. Yesterday's pioneers explored on a journey from east to west, laying the tracks across the original frontier. Today's journeys are measured in ideas, not miles. History has shown that through collaboration of a few we can inspire action among many. Station to Station brings this spirit of collaboration to life and invites Levi's fans around the globe to take part in a new exploration of the modern frontier. Doug Aitken, widely known for his innovative fine art installations, is at the forefront of 21st century communication. Utilizing a wide array of media and artistic approaches, his eye leads viewers into a world where time, space, and memory are malleable concepts. "This is a fast moving cultural journey, a constant search over the new horizons of our changing culture. Grounded in some basic questions—Who are we? Where are we going? And, at this moment, how can we express ourselves?—our intention is to create a modern cultural manifesto," said Aitken. "For a short time, the most interesting place in the country will be a moving target." Following the cross-country experience, the project will continue to evolve through the museum program, the release of a Station to Station documentary, and a published book. Station to Station stops include: September 6, 2013 New York, New York September 8, 2013 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania September 12, 2013 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota September 14, 2013 Chicago, Illinois September 16, 2013 Kansas City, Missouri September 20, 2013 Lamy/Santa Fe, New Mexico September 22, 2013 Winslow, Arizona September 24, 2013 Barstow, California September 26, 2013 Los Angeles, California September 28, 2013 Oakland/San Francisco, California Details about each happening—including ticket on-sale dates—will be announced at a later date. You can check out more information at http://stationtostation.com/

The Punk Movement’s Influence on Photography and Fashion

The Punk Movement’s Influence on Photography and Fashion

In honor of this year’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute’s “Punk: Chaos to Couture” Gala taking place tonight in New York City we felt appropriate to pay homage to punk inspired fashion including a few iconic photos taken by famous punk scene photographers Edward Colver and Roberta Bayley. The classic punk rock look among male American musicians harkens back to the T-shirt, motorcycle jacket, and jeans get up favored by American rebels of the 1950s and by British rockers of the 1960s. The cover of the Ramones' 1976 debut album, featuring a shot of the band by Bayley, spotlighted the basic elements of a style that was soon adopted by rock musicians worldwide. This trend within music culture soon would have a grand influence on fashion as well. Such designers as Vivienne Westwood, Rodarte, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Gianni Versace and this year’s host Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy have been well known to draw inspiration for their seasonal collections from the punk movement. - Wikipedia Punk rock is a rock music genre that developed between 1974 and 1976 in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Rooted in garage rock and other forms of what is now known as protopunk music, punk rock bands eschewed perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock. Punk bands created fast, hard-edged music, typically with short songs, stripped-down instrumentation, and often political, anti-establishment lyrics. Punk embraces a DIY ethic; many bands self-produced recordings and distributed them through informal channels. The term "punk" was first used in relation to rock music by some American critics in the early 1970s, to describe garage bands and their devotees. By late 1976, bands such as the Ramones in New York City and the Sex Pistols and The Clash in London were recognized as the vanguard of a new musical movement. The following year saw punk rock spreading around the world, and it became a major cultural phenomenon in the United Kingdom. For the most part, punk took root in local scenes that tended to reject association with the mainstream. An associated punk subculture emerged, expressing youthful rebellion and characterized by distinctive styles of clothing and adornment and a variety of anti-authoritarian ideologies. - Wikipedia For more information visit http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-museum/press-room/exhibitions/2012/p…

Outstanding Illustrations by Fernando Vicente

Outstanding Illustrations by Fernando Vicente

My wife is studying fashion design and one of the many things I find great about it is all the illustration involved in many fashion projects. A good fashion illustration will not only sell an outfit, an idea, but will also make any art aficionado happy. But Fernando Vicente, a Spanish artist, goes beyond fashion, coming up with truly outstanding illustrations. I find his style to be very classy. These are only a handful of his pieces. For more of it, please visit his portfolio at Behance. He'll enjoy it. Cheers. ;)

Stylish and Fashion Illustrations by Fabian Ciraolo

Stylish and Fashion Illustrations by Fabian Ciraolo

If you already stumbled on Fabian Ciraolo illustrations on the web, you probably got as confused and surprised as me. Fabian is a illustrator based in Santiago, Chile that creates a really stunning mix of pop culture icons with fashion illustration and modern design. I believe this definition may be a bit short to describe his singular work, so just check it out and take your own conclusions. You can see more from Fabian at this Blog or at his Behance Profile.

Beautiful Fashion Illustrations by Hayden Williams

Beautiful Fashion Illustrations by Hayden Williams

I bumped into Hayden Williams's illustrations while browsing Instagram. His colorful and stylish lines immediately got my attention. Hayden is a 21 years old british fashion designer/illustrator who has amazing artworks at his tumblr. Even if you are not that much into fashion, there is no way you won't find Hayden's work inspiring, so take your time to pay attention to the lines, details and elegance of his work. Ever since I was 3 years old and was able to pick up a pencil, I haven't been able to put it down since! 21 yr old British Fashion Designer/Illustrator. Make sure to stop by Hayden's website to check out more of his work and also to see his Disney collection and some famous people he illustrated. ;)

Beautiful Fashion Photography by Lara Jade

Beautiful Fashion Photography by Lara Jade

Lara Jade is a young fashion photographer from London now based in New York city. Been working with most of the prestigious clients and editorials like Elle Magazine, Sony Music, Lavazza and more. Lara surely show off her style within the business that she's been perfecting since she was fifteen.I am influenced by past and present style; whenever I shoot I like to create stories with an underlying sense of narrative, whether this is in my personal work, commercial campaigns or editorial projects. I am deeply inspired by elements of influential style, film noir, old masters in painting and photography, Romanticism and untouched beauty. All of my experiences in life thus far have been reflected through my imagery, and continue to shape me personally, and as an artist.For more information about Lara Jade and her inspiring photography, you can visit her website at LaraJade.co.uk.All Rights to Lara JadeAll Rights to Lara JadeAll Rights to Lara JadeAll Rights to Lara JadeAll Rights to Lara JadeAll Rights to Lara JadeAll Rights to Lara JadeAll Rights to Lara JadeAll Rights to Lara JadeAll Rights to Lara JadeAll Rights to Lara JadeAll Rights to Lara JadeAll Rights to Lara JadeAll Rights to Lara JadeAll Rights to Lara JadeAll Rights to Lara JadeAll Rights to Lara JadeAll Rights to Lara JadeAll Rights to Lara JadeAll Rights to Lara JadeAll Rights to Lara JadeAll Rights to Lara JadeVideo

Inspiring Fashion Artworks by Amylee

I really like fashion artworks, and a good fashion artwork, in my humble opinion, is that one that makes you wonder about the scene, model, details, colors and everything in it. A good fashion art is the one that gets your attention by its style, by its vibe. And this is exactly what Amylee does with her pieces, she gets our attention and takes us to a parallel fashion universe. Amylee's style and color schemes are pretty awesome. She has a delicate line that combined with stylish outlines, vibrant colors and beautiful textures delivers a strong and expressive outcome. Really inspiring! Make sure to check out more about her throughout the article. Enjoy! Born in the Midi, South of France, and now working in Paris for several years, Amylee is a 100% accomplished painter. Curious about everything, her resume has grown throughout her activities and encounters. From Design to Fashion, from Fashion to Decoration, and from Decoration to Art, she came through all of this with the same acute view; a unique perception that she likes using in her paintings. She loves telling stories about Woman, composes with different patterns, and inspires herself with Haute Couture and the 70s. Amylee’s paintings are charged up with a positive energy associated with a touch of an elegant “glamorous-Pop”, so characteristic of her creations. In her collections, she made simplicity and exuberance, Plastic Arts and Fashion, Painting and Collage. Different worlds are facing each other and that would have seduced Warhol himself for sure! Pop Culture/Baroque, Haute Couture/Comics, Street Art/Decorative Arts : a happy and artistic cocktail where the paint slaps onto the canvas and become an anti-depression remedy.

Dreamy Fashion Photography by Guy Aroch

How absolutely gorgeous are these fashion/lifestyle photos shot by Guy Aroch in Venice for the Free People August catalog? I have never wanted to pick up and leave for Italy more than after seeing these. It's on my bucket list so I'll surely be getting around to it one of these days. In the meantime, I'll keep staring at this photoshoot and daydreaming. Speaking of bucket lists, what's on yours? Let me know on twitter!

Beautiful Illustrations by Marguerite Sauvage

Marguerite Sauvage's style is captivating and fun. As soon as I saw some of her new series "flower women" I knew I had to sort through her portfolio and put together a post for you guys. I love the black line drawings full of splashes of fun color. Here is what her bio has to say... Based in Paris, Marguerite Sauvage has worked since 2001 as an illustrator, art director and animator creating chic modern illustrations that capture the lifestyle of today's trendsetters. She quickly seduced titles such as Elle and rapidly exported her work overseas in various field in press and publishing. With illustration that is stylish yet accessible, she has been in demand with prominent advertising and corporate clients including PlayStation, Apple, Marshall Fields, Motorola or Orange. Her work has been published and exposed in a number of books on various topics relating to art and design. Everyday life is probably her biggest source of inspiration. "Happiness and anti-stress: I just want to make things prettier." Marguerite's animation work has touched on both series and character design as well as commercial animation applications such as short films, web and commercials.

Urban Outfitters Photography by Wai Lin Tse

Wai Lin Tse is a fashion designer based out of Barcelona who also specializes in photography. She's worked with Urban Outfitters on three separate occasions to shoot their lookbooks and she's also done work for apartamento magazine, all of which I am a huge fan of. You can also catch up with her on her portfolio or flickr and let me know what you think via twitter!

Beautiful Fashion Photography by Julia Galdo

Photographer Julia Galdo is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute. She boasts clients such as Nike Air Jordan, Microsoft, Sony Music, Nylon, Wells Fargo, Juxtapoz, and many others. I noticed her work when I saw a fantastic photograph with amazing use of color balance (see last photo) and I just had to find more of her work. Julia shoots fashion, editorial, and advertising as well as some pretty interesting personal projects. I found myself most draw to her fashion work, but that's just me. What do you think? Let me know in the comments or on twitter!

Stunning Fashion Editorials by Corrie Bond

'Wow' was definitely the first word that came to mind after spotting these beautiful editorials by UK-based photographer Corrie Bond. She's able to bring this feminine quality to her work which makes her beauty and fashion editorials go the extra mile. The lighting, imagery, and colors are absolutely perfect! She has worked with the likes of Marie Claire, InStyle, and the New York Times among others. Born in the UK, Corrie Bond studied and practised photography for 11 years working with some of the UK’s top photographers finessing her excellent technical lighting skills and a passion for photography before moving to Sydney in 2003. Check out more from Corrie and other artists here and let me know what you think via twitter!

Fashion & Beauty Photography by Lars Botten

Norwegian photographer Lars Botten's portfolio is captivating. The fashion editorials are right up my alley. Botten has worked with Cosmopolitan France, Marie Claire Italy, S Magazine, Yves Rocher, and Porsche among others. Head on over to Lars' portfolio for more and let me know what you think via twitter!

Inspiring Illustration by Raphael Vicenzi

Raphaël Vicenzi, aka mydeadpony is a self-taught illustrator that lives in Brussels, Belgium. His work was already featured at Computer Arts, Advanced Photoshop, Illusive2, Fashion Wonderland and others. His lines and style are very interesting and his pieces always have something to say, most of times towards fashion and beauty industry. Raphaël's illustrations are a mix of soft and delicate lines with some dark colors and strong outlines... and the result is pretty inspiring. I really liked Raphaël's work and style. His illustrations got my attention and I decided to show it here to you. Make sure to also check his website, Behance profile or his DA profile to see further of his work, for sure he has lots of pieces to show! now take your time and enjoy the images... :)

55 Inspiring Fashion Sketches & Illustrations

I simply love fashion and many things surrounding it, specially fashion sketches and illustrations! I really like browsing around looking for nice and inspiring fashion sketches. I think that fashion illustrations are extremely beautiful, elegant, delicate... they transmit a good vibe. I'm not sure why they enchant me this much, but I just can't get tired of fashion sketches. And this is exactly why I decided to put this selection together. All of the images I will show here I found at deviantART, so click at the images to go to the author's page. They have lots of great stuff to show. And in case you also like this kind of subject, let me know and I will write more about it! Enjoy. =)